post-title Football child sex abuse: Ex-Newcastle player David Eatock latest to speak out

Football child sex abuse: Ex-Newcastle player David Eatock latest to speak out

Football child sex abuse: Ex-Newcastle player David Eatock latest to speak out

Football child sex abuse: Ex-Newcastle player David Eatock latest to speak out

A former Newcastle United footballer has become the latest to say he was abused by coach George Ormond.

David Eatock told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show he had been groomed by Ormond, later to be jailed for six years, between the ages of 18 and 21.

Mr Eatock, now 40, was not part of the court case that saw Ormond convicted in 2002 for assaulting seven boys, but has now filed a complaint to the police.

He said he had left the club “a shell” of his former self.

It comes as the NSPCC said its hotline – set up to offer support to victims of child sex abuse within football – had received 860 calls in its first week.

Within the first three days of it launching, the organisation made more than 60 referrals to a range of agencies across the UK.

That was more than three times as many referrals as in the first three days of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the charity added.

John Brown, the NSPCC lead on tackling sexual abuse, suggested that some of the calls to the hotline were about current abuse.

“It would be naïve to assume that all the concerns were in the past,” he told the BBC.

The phone line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

There are now 15 police forces investigating allegations.

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